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Phantasmagoria Spirit Visions Metaphors and Media

download ´ eBook or Kindle ePUB Ã Marina Warner

Er tells the unexpected and often disturbing story about shifts in thought about consciousness and the individual person from the first public waxworks portraits at the end of the eighteenth century to stories of hauntings possession a. I was really disappointed with this book It was uite dense but I couldn’t get over the impression that it read like a dissertation I hated the extended introduction which described what each chapter was going to discuss I don’t need a heads up or summary I’ll find out soon enough by actually reading it It’s the kind of thing a student would do to bump up the word count with repetitive information There wasn’t a flow to the book and the chapters read like individual essays pieced together so perhaps the introduction was an attempt to rectify this and bring everything together It was largely like an art history lesson which is not where my interests lie so I was disappointed that the book approached the subject so heavily in this way Despite the density of information I didn’t really learn anything new and a lot of it seems to have washed over me as I’m finding it hard to remember any details from the book It was an okay read but could have been much better given the interesting subject matter Warner had to work with

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Nd loss of self in modern times She probes the perceived distinctions between fantasy and deception and uncovers a host of spirit forms angels ghosts fairies revenants and zombies that are still actively present in contemporary culture. A very engaging book about how cultures have perceived the soul or spirit throughout history Mythology theology spiritualism science even popular entertainment how do these influence our beliefs about what the soul is And how do these beliefs change as things such as photography and moving pictures change the way we perceive ourselves and our bodies This book covers a lot of ground but is always interesting and thought provoking

download ´ eBook or Kindle ePUB Ã Marina Warner

With over thirty illustrations in color and black and white Phantasmagoria takes readers on an intellectually exhilarating tour of ideas of spirit and soul in the modern world illuminating key uestions of imagination and cognition Warn. Wow This book is a mindblower I've always been a fan of Warner yet I only discovered this jewel a couple of months ago and had a lot of trouble getting my hands on a copy I was ecstatic because I love her work and this is a subject I'm specially interested in At the same time I really admire her guts to take on this project since it's so overwhelming and such an extensive area of research which she handled wonderfully leading the reader on a fantastic journey through time space and different views of the world and myths and language to make sense of the universe life and ourselves Phantasmagoria is a true delight and though the subject might seem at first light and easy to digest it's such a thick academic corpus to take in full of details anecdotes great cross references lovely criticism and reflections with some pretty uniue views thrown along the way which shouldn't be a surprise if you're familiar with Warner's oeuvre that once you put down the book you're actually surprised at the amount of information you just received and how tiny and clueless we all are which is the sweetest feeling always Definitely a must for anyone interested in the occult or just in how we humans attempt desperately and pointlessly to make sense of our own existence in a dazzling world ruled by chaos and death

  • Hardcover
  • 469
  • Phantasmagoria Spirit Visions Metaphors and Media
  • Marina Warner
  • English
  • 25 January 2018
  • 9780199299942

About the Author: Marina Warner

Marina Sarah Warner is a British novelist short story writer historian and mythographer She is known for her many non fiction books relating to feminism and mythShe is a professor in the Department of Literature Film and Theatre at the University of Essex and gave the Reith Lectures on the BBC in 1994 on the theme of 'Managing Monsters Six Myths of Our Time'